Department Goals and Objectives
Goals are broad statements that describe what the program wants to accomplish
Upon completion of a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology, students will broadly:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence that form the core of the field, and methodological approaches for independent research, for at least 4 of the following areas taught in the Department. Note that all students take at least 1 course in basic processes and 1 course in social processes:
- Abnormal Psychology
- Clinical Neuropsychology
- Clinical Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Cultural Psychology
- Decision Making
- Developmental Psychology (Child, Adolescent, Adult)
- Emotion - Psychology and Law
- Psychology of Aging
- Psychology of Stereotyping/ Prejudice
- Psychology of Women
- Psychology of Work and Family
- Research Methods & Statistics (Required for all majors)
- Social Neuroscience
- Social Psychology
Student Learning Outcomes
Outcomes describe specific knowledge, abilities, values, and attitudes students should demonstrate
- SLO1: Students will describe critical importance of scientific approaches to human mental processes and behavior.
- SLO2: Students will describe core psychological theories and the evidence supporting them.
- SLO3: Students will demonstrate ability to design, perform, and evaluate research projects.
- SLO4: Students will identify and apply research ethics, both in terms of human participants' protection and in terms of scientific communication.
- SLO5: Students will form a written scientific argument in support of a scientific thesis by marshaling the available evidence, both for and against.
- SLO6: Students will relate psychology to contemporary issues, including those with relevance to women as individuals and as members of society.
- SLO7: Students will design, carry out, and report an independent research project.
- SLO8: Students will use computer software to conduct statistical analyses.
- SLO9: Students will write thesis-driven and evidence-based manuscripts in the style of the American Psychological Association.
- SLO10: Students will make public presentations, drawing on theory and evidence, in support of a scientifically informed theory/thesis in psychology.